Soft re-launch for new Google Glass

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A second version of Google’s revolutionary smart glasses headset has been developed for businesses only.

Just six months ago, the original consumer version of the device was withdrawn, but it now appears that Google still has faith in the concept.

New version faster, more adaptable

The internet-connected headset that is based around wearable glasses was originally launched with great fanfare by the tech giant, only to be scrapped last January.

The new Google Glass features a faster mini-computer that can be attached to different glasses using a button-and-hinge system.

Battery life, which was a problem with the first iteration of the device, has also been improved to last two hours. The Wall Street Journal reported that the increase is down to Google developing its own battery pack.

Upgrade addresses design flaws

The consumer release of Google Glass was actually officially a prototype based on a development programme that had been in action for more than three years.

The man in charge of the Glass team, Tony Fadell, was rumoured to have wanted to redesign the headset from the ground up.

The prism display sitting in front of the lens had been a problem for many users. It has been redesigned to be longer and thinner, and it can now be moved in both vertical and horizontal planes.

Business first

The new version of the device has been given to businesses for their own use, and there are no current plans for a public release.

The new moves show that Google has not given up on the idea. However, a second consumer version of Glass is not expected until at least 2016.


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